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Our goal : organizing the exchange of information on thermal spraying at the European level.

ETSA is managed by the Board of Delegates, composed of twelve members elected in a secret vote by the College of Members during the assembly general for four years. They can be re-elected. Members by right: the national representatives of the European countries (one representative per country being active in thermal spraying) are proposed by the national members of the association and accepted by the elected members of the Board of Delegates for four years.

Board of Delegates represents key European universities, research centers and companies involved in thermal spraying, performing research and producing feedstock, equipments and coatings on European and international level. The institutions represented by the delegates gather together hundreds of scientists and engineers dedicated to R&D activities dedicated to base research, applied research, equipment and application development , problem solving in the field of thermal spraying, materials science and engineering...

Summer School on Suspension and Solution Thermal Spraying

Summer School on Suspension and Solution Thermal Spraying

ETSA Summer School on Suspension and Solution Thermal Spraying was held in Trollhättan in Sweden from 14 to 16 September 2016. The school was organized by Professors Per Nylen and Shrikant Joshi, helped by Ms. Ida-Karin Wennberg who organized a very attractive social program and Dr Mohit Gupta who guided the participants during the school.

First day presentations (please have a look on the topics section to see them all) dealt with the fundamentals of thermal spraying with liquid feedstock given by the researchers from the University of Limoges (Prof. Pawłowski from France), University West in Trollhättan (Prof. Joshi from Sweden), Fraunhofer Institute in Dresden and University of Stuttgart (Dr. Toma and Prof. Killinger respectively from Germany). Then the industrialists from society Treibacher in Austria (Dr. Curry), Progressive Surface (Mr. VanEvery) in USA Northwest Mettech Corp. in Canada (Mr. Young) showed the news from the production of liquid feedstock and of new plasma spray torches and other equipment related to coating deposition process

Second day presentations gave to the participants (see their list on the beginning of each day sessions) an overview of last developments related to the application of coatings sprayed using liquid feedstock. The researchers from West University (Prof. Markocsan) and Research Center in Jülich (Prof. Vassen from Germany) spoke about thermal barriers having interesting columnar microstructure making them similar to the ones produced by EB PVD technique. The colleagues from University of Modena (Dr. Bolelli from Italy) covered the application of bioactive coatings and Dr. Kesler from University of Toronto in Canada spoke about a progress on SOFC production by suspension spraying. Finally Dr. Puranen from Technical University of Tampere in Finland showed his results of flame spraying using liquid feedstock and Dr. Lyckfeldt from Sweden described in a pedagogic way the colloidal chemistry of suspensions.

The participants could have visited the spray laboratories of West University and took part in a panel discussion about future perspectives of thermal spraying with liquid feedstock. Finally an ETSA meeting gave an occasion to discuss about future events to be realized by the association.

The workshop hosts gave a chance to the participants to get familiar with dynamic research and industrial activity in the region of Trollhättan. The region was also attractive from a touristic point of view.


Limoges, the 18 September 2016


Lech Pawłowski


The President of ETSA


Why become member ?

The website of the European Thermal Spray Association provides the useful information to all colleagues interested in thermal spraying in the large societies, job shops, or university laboratories. The ETSA members have access to the additional services such as job proposition, information about services related to thermal spraying in different European countries, forum of users which enbles research of missing information related to thermal spraying and much more.

The ETSA membership enables also a reduction in the fees of the events organized by the association.

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